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“So You Think You Can Dance” Finalist Alexander Fost Comes to NoHo!

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Alexander Fost of “SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE” Fame Performs with 11 Other Professional Dancers in Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre’s Show, “A Collection of New Works.” 

ALEXANDER FOST, a season eight finalist on “So You Think You Can Dance,” will be one of 11 professional dancers performing in a new show called “A Collection of Works,” presented by Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre and Artistic Director and Choreographer Natasha Middleton on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the historic El Portal Theatre, 5269 Lankershim Boulevard (at Weddington Street), North Hollywood, CA 91601.

Fost, who hails from Alhambra, CA, recently made guest appearances on the popular television shows, Jane The Virgin and Hot in Cleveland. Named Mr. Dance USA in 2006, and Mr. Dance International in Tokyo, Alexander Fost went on to the top 10 in the 2008 Youth American Grand Prix ballet competition.

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He received training from master teachers of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and has danced professionally with Media City Ballet, among others. Fost said, “I want to show that ballet is not exclusive to the stage, that it can be performed in other venues as well, such as movies, and even television.”

The production also features 11 other PBDT Soloist dancers, including: Elan Alekzander (of Anaheim), Artur Aleksanyan (of North Hollywood), Grigori Arakelyan (of Glendale), Brandon Forrest (of Burbank), Irina Gharibyan (of Burbank), Ani Hovhannisyan (of Glendale), Elen Harutunyan (of Tarzana), Pamela Ortega (of Burbank), Julia Sanches (of Santa Clarita), Damara Titmus (of West Hills) and Clayton Velasquez (of West Hollywood).

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The program will feature “Chopin Pieces” set to the music of Frédéric Chopin’s romantic Nocturnes, intense Etudes and his melodic Fantasie-Impromtu; the World Premiere of “A Beginning. A Detour. An Open Ending.,” a modern contemporary piece of a man fighting for his identity choreographed by Clayton Velasquez set to the music of Imogen Heap; “Searching,” a new Adagio contemporary ballet duet set to the music of Kevin Keller; “Black Coffee” in which four dancers hash out their blues set to the music of k.d. lang; a solo piece entitled “Alejandro” set to the music of Lady Gaga danced by Alexander Fost and “Fire and Drums,” a dance of speed, strength and passion set to Native American Drumming.

Tickets are $41 and $51 and may be purchased through the El Portal Theatre Box Office by calling 818-508-4200, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. or through TheaterMania operators by calling 866-811-4111 from 6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., seven days a week. Tickets are also available for sale 24/7 via the Internet by visiting www.pacificballetdancetheatre.com or www.elportaltheatre.com, Events and Tickets, Main Stage Theatre Calendar. Mention Code “Friend” when ordering and receive a $5 discount per ticket.

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About Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre and Natasha Middleton, Artistic Director and Choreographer:
Now celebrating its 14th Annual Season under the guidance of Artistic Director/Choreographer Natasha Middleton, Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre (PBDT) (formerly Media City Ballet Company) is dedicated to providing Los Angeles and the surrounding communities with quality live ballet productions, utilizing the inspired and creative talents of the local community, as well as professionals from around the world. PBDT is the only ballet company in Los Angeles presenting performances in the tradition and philosophy of the legendary Ballet Russe de Serge Diaghilev. Natasha Middleton’s grandmother, Elena Wortova, was a Soloist in the original Ballet Russe, which included other legendary dancers like Anna Pavlova, George Balanchine, Alexandra Danilova and Vaslav Nijinsky. Middleton’s father, Andrei Tremaine, was a Principal Dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and Soloist with the Ballet Nacional de Mexico and the Colon Opera Ballet of Buenos Aires. Natasha Middleton, a “Ballet Russe Baby,” was a Principal Dancer for her father’s ballet company, Pacific Ballet Theatre, as well as a member of the Joffrey II Ballet Company in New York City, before taking on the responsibilities of Artistic Director for Media City Ballet Company (now renamed Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre in honor of her father’s historic dance legacy and former dance company). For more information about Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre, please visit the website www.pacificballetdancetheatre.com.

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Lisa Bianconi
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